10th hurricane of 2017 season forms in Atlantic

Saul Bowman
October 13, 2017

If Ophelia becomes a hurricane it will be the ninth so far this year in the Atlantic. Ophelia is set to brush past the Azores, the archipelago off the coast of Portugal. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".

Hurricane Ophelia took shape outside of the "main development region", where most of the Atlantic hurricanes are known to form.

The storm is not now a threat to any land.

Hurricane Ophelia continued to strengthen late Wednesday (Oct. 11), with winds reaching 85 miles per hour, as the storm continued a slow trek through the eastern Atlantic toward Ireland, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters say slight strengthening is possible over the next couple of days. The most recent was a tropical depression that was previously Hurricane Vince. On average, there are 12 named storms per season in the Atlantic Basin.

A slow northeast drift is expected Wednesday night and Thursday, followed by an acceleration to the east / northeast.

Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend.

Even as an ex-hurricane, both the American and European models suggest parts of Ireland, especially near the west coast, could be blasted by hurricane-like conditions on Monday.

According to the Met Office, Ireland and the United Kingdom can expect plenty of wind and rain early next week after a weekend when temperatures will be unseasonably high and could reach as high as 20 degrees in places. All of those occurred in August or September, except for Hurricane Fran in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016, which made landfall shortly after weakening to a tropical storm.

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